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Archive for October, 2010

What’s a Superuser and Why Should I Care?

Organizations have fundamentally granted too many individuals or automated processes with permanent superuser privileges allowing them complete access to do as they please.

Post by Peter McCalister October 29, 2010
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Five Things NOT to Fear this Halloween

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.“   – James Hollingworth The scariest Halloween party I ever attended was a few years ago when some eEye co-workers and friends got together for an October 31st costume themed bar crawl. This was an especially scary…

Post by Marc Maiffret October 28, 2010
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Achieving Secure Multi-tenancy in Public and Private Clouds

According to an IDC Enterprise Panel survey, the number one concern of companies moving into cloud computing environments is security. Silos of dedicated IT infrastructure built around specific applications, customers, business units, operations, and regulatory compliance are often the result of the dramatic growth in scale and complexity of enterprise IT environments.

Post by Peter McCalister October 28, 2010

Indirect Misuse of Privilege and a Response to Adobe Vulnerability

If you didn’t notice from my previous post on Google’s breach, I’m on a mission to demonstrate that almost every major breach or vulnerability is tied to administrative privileges. The truth is, whether it’s malware, hackers or a vulnerability, chances are it’s very difficult for anyone to deal serious damage without admin rights. So when…

Post by Peter McCalister October 27, 2010

3 Ways to Reduce Help Desk Costs

It doesn’t matter if your organization’s IT help desk requirements are satisfied in-house or outsourced, there are very tangible costs directly related to the misuse of privilege.

Post by Peter McCalister October 26, 2010

The Value of a Zero-Day Vulnerability Assessment Scanner

Let’s assume your business is near perfect. You have a proven and reliable vulnerability management lifecycle in place and identification of vulnerabilities and patch remediation happens like clockwork. Finding lingering threats or missing patches is a rarity and even your endpoint protection solution never fails catching the latest malware. Like I said, a near perfect…

Post by Morey Haber October 26, 2010
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When Legacy Apps Dictate Desktop User Privilege Access

In an enterprise Windows’ desktop environment, whether a company has 100 or 10,000 seats, the challenge of managing access is fraught with difficulty. Even if an IT administrator can work out how to circumnavigate Windows User Access Controls or how to set a Group Policy for every application, there will invariably still be a legacy…

Post by Peter McCalister October 25, 2010

eEye @ N-Able Partner Summit

Marc and I just returned from the N-able 2010 Partner Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona. While there, we took part in the announcement of N-able’s Remote Audit Manager, a collaboration between eEye Digital Security and N-able. Remote Audit Manager utilizes eEye’s award winning Retina Network Security Scanner to allow MSPs to provide vulnerability assessment, configuration compliance…

Post by Chris Silva October 25, 2010

4 Things You Should Know About Microsoft UAC

Microsoft User Access Controls (UAC) has been touted as the next great thing in desktop security, but does it really satisfy all you need in order to ensure security, compliance and productivity?

Post by Peter McCalister October 22, 2010

DEP Down Part 2: Why is DEP failing?

In the first part of the series “DEP Down”, we discussed how DEP (Data Execution Prevention) is not always enabled on the application targeted by attackers. When it is enabled, it can be defeated in a number of ways: Return-to-libc attacks These attacks, while normally limited to simple system commands, will always evade DEP as…

Post by The eEye Research Team October 21, 2010
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